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Lions hire Ernie Accorsi as GM consultant

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The Detroit Lions are having a woeful season under first-year head coach Jim Caldwell. Due to their struggles this season, Owner Martha Ford cleaned house in October when she decided to fire General Manager Martin Mayhew and President Tom Lewand.

Today they announced that former NFL GM Ernie Accorsi will help the team select their new personnel boss. He’ll act as a consultant with the team.

Accorsi has previously been a GM with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants.

“We are most pleased that Ernie Accorsi will serve as consultant for our GM search,” new Lions President Rod Wood said in a prepared statement. “Ernie’s reputation is impeccable. Not only did he succeed as a general manager in the NFL, but his work as a consultant with teams like Chicago and Carolina is well-documented.”

Almost a year ago, Accorsi helped the Bears identify Saints executive Ryan Pace to replace former GM Phil Emery. He also helped the Panthers identify Giants executive Dave Gettleman.

He reportedly informed the team that he’ll only work for them during the winter’s hiring cycle. This means he won’t be able to work for any other team, who may have a head coach or GM position that may open up in the next few weeks.

Sheldon White is the Lions interim GM. He remains a candidate for the permanent job. Wood has said it’s not in the teams plays to have the head coach serve as also the GM next season.

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